December 7

Our Lady of Lourdes, San Antonio, Texas, USA

The Oblates of Mary Immaculate dedicated the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto of the Southwest on December 7, 1941, a date more famous for the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Carved of stone, the grotto is a replica of the place in France where Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858. The Oblates, a Catholic order of priests and brothers devoted to serving the poor, maintain the grotto as a focus for their lay group, the Missionary Association. In 1999 they added a Tepeyac Shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe at the site, and in 2003 a Ministry Center. The Oblate School of Theology is nearby. (Picture and information from   

Also commemorated this date:

bulletVigil of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Catholic Church
bulletNossa Senhora da Graça, Cavaco, Angola
bulletInmaculada Concepción, La Unión, La Unión, El Salvador
bulletSainte Marie des Batignolles, Paris, France. Patronal fête.
bulletMadonna degli Ospedalieri, Imola, Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy. New statue inaugurated in the chapel of Santa Maria della Scaletta Hospital, 2006.
bulletMadonna del Divino Amore, Rome, Italy. Night pilgrimage.
bulletMadonna del Latte Dolce, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy. Painting crowned, 1958.
bulletInmaculada Concepción de Maria, Léon, Nicaragua. Gritería.
bulletImmaculate Conception, Manila, Philippines. New cathedral consecrated, 1958.
bulletVirgen de las Angustias, Villatuelda, Burgos, Castile and León, Spain
bulletNuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre, Guamache, Margarita, Venezuela

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly